Tonight in session we were joined by another playworker from a different site, one who I have worked with just the once before. At the end of day we always take at least 30 minutes at the end of sessions to feedback on how the session went and on personal/ group practice. During this time feedback I was challenged with a piece of feedback which was
‘I’m not so sure other people in the service would necessary want, or would work with you, they might find it difficult’
Obviously I questioned this and It was backed up with the understanding that my values and beliefs are extremely strong and may put some of the staff off from working with me. So what is it that puts them off?
I have high expectations but shouldn’t we all as playworkers, always wanting to improve our practice within the next session and be better at our role? Having worked in different setting and for strong minded people in the past I find this is a natural process. I do however find myself going over what may be so negative, maybe not negative but maybe uncomfortable for staff to acknowledge the way I work. I’m up front with staff, and always start a meeting make it clear that nothing said is personal but instead professional and a way of becoming better at our role.
It would be appreciated from those of you that know me, or have worked with me (or those that don’t in fact) as to why it may be such a difficulty, or is it more the fact that this member of staff was uncomfortable with the deep discussions we engage within at the end of session? The sessions are filled strongly with praise as given to all staff on interactions…and interventions where needed but I find the need to reflect slightly more on this. Your thoughts please.